Glenquicken Farm

Self-catering holiday cottages in the heart of Galloway

Telephone: 01671  820593

Mobile: 07890 423120

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The world-renowned 7Stanes Mountain Bike Trails are close by.

Image courtesy: Forestry Commission Scotland.


Cairnsmore of Fleet (2330ft / 711m) 

Our own pheasant and partridge shoot is nearby on the Cairnsmore estate. This was the Estate immortalised in John Buchan's book The 39 Steps and sometimes, a day's rough shooting can be available to guests or possibly an accompanied outing in search of the elusive deer with your camera or with the stalkers can be arranged (subject to availability). 


The Cairnsmore Estate is designated an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) and is at the top of the list of New Donalds in terms of height of its rock face and spectacular cliff faces. Again, guests are welcome to accompany either ourselves or our Gamekeeper on our feeding rounds on the estate where part of the fun for junior visitors is a ride on our vintage grey "Fergie" tractor or the quad bike and trailer. 


Clay pigeon shooting can be arranged on an informal basis (time permitting) and at a small cost on the farm. Tuition is available free to our guests. We are, of course, very close to some of the major salmon and sea trout fishing in South West Scotland and permits can normally be arranged locally for these rivers. We have three golf courses within a 10-mile radius and they are open for visitors throughout the year. 


We are very fortunate to be close to the Galloway Forest Park where the "7Stanes" mountain bike trails are located and also, National Cycle route number 7. Cycle tracks abound in the area and the "Old Paddy Line" railway bed has been converted to form a safe cycling environment for all the family. This narrow gauge line originally ran to the Irish ferry ports of Stranraer and Portpatrick.


If you want to go off-road by foot, there are numerous marked forest walks and, of course, the Southern Upland Way is close by.

Visitor Attractions

Glenquicken Farm Holiday Cottages are fortunate to be situated in a quiet secluded glen where there are many wildlife visitors and guests are at liberty to visit any area of our farm to watch the wildlife or our many species of birds. We have our own "Neolithic Stone Circle" just beside the farm and this makes a nice walk on a summer's evening. 


Fishing at Glenquicken Farm

Glenquicken Farm has its own trout fishery and guests benefit from preferential rates to fish the lochan. There are trout to double figures in the lochan, making for exciting fishing and the trout are ideal for the BBQ.


Glenquicken Farm's 4.5 acre Trout Lochan is a registered "Troutmasters" fishery. This popular national competition is sponsored by Trout Fisherman magazine and our monthly winning fish is normally in excess of 14lb. The largest fish caught to date is a rainbow trout weighing in at a hefty 24lbs 5oz. The lochan is well stocked with rainbow trout, the smallest being 2lb and the largest well into the double figure scale (with a few real monsters!). Enough of these big fish are stocked to ensure you have a fair chance of catching one. The overall stocking of the lochan is no less than 150 fish per acre. 


Stargazing

Forestry Commission Scotland has established part of Galloway Forest Park as the first Dark Sky Park in the UK. The Galloway Forest Park’s Sky Quality Meter (SQM) scores range from 21 to 23.6 which gives us as near to total darkness as you can get, given the populations around us - almost perfect conditions, when the skies are clear, for astronomers and stargazers! 

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The stone circle at Glenquicken measures about 16m in diameter and is made up of 20 low-lying stones set around one central standing stone about 1.60m high. It is located on rough moorland and can be seen from the closeby minor road. There seems to be one stone missing to the west of this circle and other similar circles may well have existed locally, but have now disappeared.

Mountain bikers come from all over the world to travel the beautiful 7Stanes mountain bike trails throughout Dumfries and Galloway
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The Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park was the UK's first such park and presents excellent opportunities to stargazers to enjoy the night skies.